A Nusa Penida Day Trip from Bali is an absolute must during your visit to the Island of Gods!
You have two options for a day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali; Do It Yourself or with a tour company.
I have put together this complete guide on the best Nusa Penida day trips with a tour company and the best DIY day trip to Nusa Penida without a tour.
BEST NUSA PENIDA DAY TRIP FROM BALI
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In case you don’t have time to go through this whole list, here are the absolute best day trips to Nusa Penida from Bali.
Best Overall Nusa Penida Day Trip
Best Tour in Nusa Penida West
Best Tour in Nusa Penida East
BEST NUSA PENIDA DAY TRIPS WITH A TOUR COMPANY
The majority of travelers who don’t have enough time to spend a few days on Nusa Penida Island will generally book a Nusa Penida Tour from Bali.
All of the Nusa Penida Tours listed below are by far the best way to see the top highlights on a one day trip to Nusa Penida from Bali.
With hassle-free pick-up from your hotel in Bali, return boat transfers from Bali to Nusa Penida, a hearty lunch, and an English-speaking guide.
The Nusa Penida day tour from Bali begins in the morning with a hotel pick-up in Bali, a transfer to Sanur Beach Port, and then a fast boat to Nusa Penida to begin all of the activities.
You’ll then depart Nusa Penida in the afternoon and take the included transport back to your hotel in Bali.
Below you’ll find the three best tours to consider when planning a day trip to Nusa Penida.
🕛 Duration: 12 hours | ⭐ Rating: 5/5 | Private Tour
This is the best Nusa Penida Tour you can book. The locations you will get to visit on an all-inclusive Nusa Penida Tour are:
- Diamond Beach
- Atuh Viewpoint and Beach
- Nusa Penida Treehouse
- Kelingking Viewpoint
- Broken Beach
- Angel’s Billabong
🕛 Duration: 5 hours | ⭐ Rating: 5/5 | Private Tour
The locations you will get to visit on a West Nusa Penida day trip itinerary are:
- Crystal Bay (snorkeling)
- Keling King Beach
- Angel’s Billabong
- Broken Beach
🕛 Duration: 8 hours | ⭐ Rating: 5/5 | Private Tour
The locations you will get to visit on an East Nusa Penida Day Tour are:
- Diamond Beach
- Atuh Viewpoint and Beach
- Thousand Islands Viewpoint
- Rumah Pohon Treehouse
NUSA PENIDA DAY TRIP – DO IT YOURSELF
Can you do a day trip to Nusa Penida? Absolutely, and this what the section here below is all about.
If you prefer to visit Nusa Penida Island without a tour, read on to discover 3 different Nusa Penida One Day Trip Itineraries that I recommend.
Or perhaps you plan to spend a few days on the island and want the full scope of all the best things to do, then be sure to check out my Nusa Penida Travel Guide linked below.
DIY ITINERARY #1
Here is an overview of the DIY Nusa Penida One Day Itinerary #1
Crystal Bay Nusa Penida is a palm tree haven and an awesome snorkeling location on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island.
Crystal Bay is one of the best beaches to explore and the perfect spot to begin your DIY Nusa Penida trip!
The drive towards Crystal Bay is an experience in itself, passing through local villages and palm tree lined roads, eventually coming to a dead end on the beachfront.
There is a number of beach shack cafes, traditional temples, a coconut palm tree forest, and colorful umbrellas along the shoreline at Crystal Bay, all of which overlook a gorgeous beach cove and a nearby rocky island.
Just offshore, there is a colorful reef system beneath the surface of Crystal Bay Nusa Penida, a very popular spot for snorkeling with all sorts of fish, turtles, and other sea critters.
Full Blog Post → Crystal Bay
Crystal Bay Nusa Penida
Angels Billabong is one of Nusa Penida’s most popular attractions.
This natural infinity pool is framed by rock cliffs and hangs out over the ocean and it’s a must-see location on your day trip to Nusa Penida!
The Angels Billabong can be found on the far most western tip of Nusa Penida’s coastline.
When you arrive at Angel’s Billabong there is a parking lot on the cliffs you will be asked to pay a parking fee of 10,000 IDR.
There are signposts leading the way down the steps to Angel’s Billabong, so you won’t get lost.
The rocks are quite sharp and rugged getting down into the infinity pool at Angels Billabong, but once you step in, the surface of the rocks under the water is smooth and easy to walk on.
Due to its recent popularity, the best time to visit Angels Billabong is early morning to avoid crowds.
Full Blog Post → Angels Billabong
Broken Beach is one of many awesome locations on the island and it is not to be missed on your DIY day trip Nusa Penida.
A naturally carved-out bridge stretches over turquoise waters that flow in and out of the archway, hence the name Broken Beach.
Broken Beach is located right next to Angels Billabong so you can combine these two locations on the same trip.
Although you can’t go swimming at Broken Beach, it is such an unreal setting in itself. The ocean water flows into a natural bowl that is surrounded by towering cliffs.
You can take a panoramic walk all the way around Broken Beach Bali to several different viewpoints offering incredible views of this hole in the cliff.
Perched on the cliffs at Broken Beach you can also find small warungs for a nasi goreng, morning coffee, or a refreshing coconut!
Full Blog Post → Broken Beach
Broken Beach Nusa Penida
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Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida is one of the most amazing places I have ever been to and it’s the best location for sunset to finish off your one day trip Nusa Penida.
Kelingking Beach, also known as Kelingking Secret Point, is located on the west coast of Nusa Penida Island.
The reason why Kelingking Beach is such a popular location is that the cliffs form the shape of a T-Rex.
The head of the T-Rex can be seen on the left of the bay and the body and tail wrap around to the right.
Access to Kelingking Beach is possible but explore at your own risk.
There are stairs and railings made out of timber that lead down the spine of Keling King to the beach, though don’t completely rely on this and take your time when descending down to the shoreline.
Kelingking Beach has multiple viewpoints around the edge of the cliffs, offering spectacular views up and down the coastline of Nusa Penida.
Full Blog Post → Kelingking Beach
DIY ITINERARY #2
Here is an overview of the DIY Nusa Penida one day tour itinerary #2
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Atuh Beach is one of Nusa Penida’s most iconic locations, featuring a large cove with crystalline waters, golden sands, and a coconut palm forest.
Atuh Beach is located on the far most eastern point of Nusa Penida Island. From the main town of Toya Pakeh, it’s approximately a 45-minute drive to reach Atuh Beach.
Pantai Atuh Beach can be accessed from either the left-hand side or the right-hand side of the cliffs via the concrete steps that are cut into the side of the mountain.
The entrance fee you will have to pay to visit Atuh Beach is 10,000 IDR.
It’s the perfect spot to go for a swim to cool off and beach bum under one of many straw umbrellas that line the shoreline.
If you’re looking for a fun-fuelled couple of hours on your day trip, be sure not to miss Atuh Beach on your itinerary – I guarantee you will enjoy it just as much as I did!
Full Blog Post → Atuh Beach
Atuh Beach – Nusa Penida itinerary 1 day
Diamond Beach Nusa Penida is hands down the most amazing beach I have ever been to, and that’s saying something!
A glistening white sand beach surrounded by verdant cliffs and turquoise water, Diamond Beach is a hard-to-beat destination and one of the best places to visit.
When you arrive at the car park you will have to pay a small entrance fee of 10,000 IDR to the parking lot attendant sitting in his booth before making your way down the stairs to Diamond Beach.
The way down to Diamond Beach Penida only takes around ten minutes before emerging on the sandy shoreline.
A small warung resides down on Diamond Beach where you can buy cold refreshments and local dishes such as mie goreng and nasi goreng for as little as $3 to $5.
You can also have a turn on the Diamond Beach Nusa Penida swing which is strung up between two coconut palms down by the beach.
Full Blog Post → Diamond Beach
RUMAH POHON TREE HOUSE
Ruma Pohon Tree House has become very popular thanks to Instagram and it’s one of the best places to visit on your day trip to Nusa Penida!
At the jump-off point, you will find a small ticket office where you will have to pay 5,000 IDR for the entrance ticket to Rumah Pohon Tree House.
The hike down the ridge takes no more than five or ten minutes to the first viewpoint that overlooks the bay known as Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu).
Once you are satisfied with marveling at Thousand Island viewpoint, continue the adventure further down the ridge and you will see the Rumah Pohon Tree House on your left-hand side.
To capture the perfect Instagram photo of the Nusa Penida Tree House you can stand on the hill on the right-hand side of the track to get the best angle.
Full Blog Post → Rumah Pohon Treehouse
Rumah Pohon Nusa Penida
Bukit Teletubbies (Teletubbies Hill) in Nusa Penida is best known for its lush green rolling hills and incredible viewpoints that overlook the entire Nusa Penida Island.
Bukit Teletubbies is located in the southern mountain ranges on Nusa Penida Island.
There are half a dozen different viewpoints at Bukit Teletubbies, and on a clear day, you can see the neighboring island of Lombok and the almighty Mount Rinjani, the second-largest volcano in Indonesia.
The best way to explore Bukit Teletubbies (Teletubbies Hill Nusa Penida) is on foot. Take a short hike to get a different perspective of this incredible landscape from nearby peaks.
Full Blog Post → Teletubbies Hill
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GOA GIRI PUTRI CAVE
Goa Giri Putri Cave is one of Nusa Penida’s most underrated tourist spots but not to be missed.
There is a small car park at the entrance and here you will also be asked to wear a sarong which you can rent for 5,000 IDR and the entrance fee to the temple is 20,000 IDR.
Take the winding staircase midway up the mountain and you’ll be greeted by a man that will bless you with some holy water on the forehead.
I was absolutely jaw-dropped at how insanely huge the Pura Goa Giri Putri cave is, my guess is 300 meters long and 15 meters tall.
We wandered deeper into the Pura Goa Giri Putri cave and stumbled upon a small group of locals sitting in prayer around an altar.
Incense filled the air and we pretty much went unnoticed as we walked around the cave.
Follow the pathway to the end of the Goa Giri Putri cave to a viewpoint of a small village in the lush green mountainside.
You can exit the cave here or head back the same way you came to the parking lot.
Full Blog Post → Goa Giri Putri Cave
Goa Giri Putri Cave
DIY ITINERARY #3
Here is an overview of the DIY Nusa Penida One Day Itinerary #3
- Manta Point Snorkeling
- Banah Cliff Viewpoint
- Tembeling Beach & Lagoons
- Peguyangan Blue Stairs & Waterfall
MANTA POINT SNORKELING
Snorkeling at Manta Point Nusa Penida is one of the most epic experiences you could ever have.
These underwater giants are incredibly humble and to be able to swim with them is a moment you will never forget!
I recommend booking your Manta Point snorkeling tour the day before to secure your spot on the boat. The tour starts between 7:00 am – 8:00 am and finishes around 12:00 pm.
The tour includes all snorkeling equipment and it will stop at three different snorkeling sites – Manta Point, Toya Pakeh Wall, and Crystal Bay.
These majestic creatures are absolutely incredible! They glide effortlessly through the ocean and are really friendly to swim with.
The manta rays at Manta Point can be quite intimidating to begin with due to their body size of up to 5 meters, though you will soon realize they are harmless, humble giants.
Snorkeling at Manta Point is the best way to begin your DIY Nusa Penida trip!
Full Blog Post → Manta Point Snorkeling
Manta Point Nusa Penida
Snorkeling at Manta Point
BANAH CLIFF VIEWPOINT
Banah Cliff Nusa is one of the best viewpoints along the southwest coastline of Nusa Penida Island!
There are not just not one but two incredible viewpoints at Banah Cliff.
At the jump-off point to the right is the panoramic view and to the left is the official Banah Cliff.
The panoramic viewpoint at Banah Cliff Nusa Penida faces west and offers extreme views of surrounding cliffs, perched high above the ocean.
On a clear day, you can actually see the tail of the T-Rex at Keling King Beach.
Be very careful when taking photos at Banah Cliff as there is no safety barrier to protect you from falling hundreds of feet to the ground. Know your limits.
The other viewpoint at Banah Cliff faces east and offers an awesome viewpoint of an arched rock island just off the coastline. Again, please watch your step along these rocky cliffs.
Full Blog Post → Banah Cliff Viewpoint
TEMBELING BEACH & LAGOONS
Tembeling features a number of cool things to see including pristine white sand beaches, tropical rainforests, natural lagoons, hidden caves, and cliff-jumping spots.
The main attraction at Tembeling Nusa Penida is the freshwater blue lagoon nestled in the Tembeling Forest.
This freshwater natural pool is the perfect spot for a swim on the way down to Tembeling Beach.
You can also discover the hidden cave and secret beach just a short 2-minute walk from the blue lagoon through the Tembeling Forest.
There is also a freshwater jacuzzi pool that the locals have creatively built on the edge of the cliffs.
And of course, there’s Tembeling Beach where a number of tidal pools can be found to take a dip but swimming in the waves here is not recommended.
Full Blog Post → Tembeling Beach & Lagoons
Tembeling Lagoon – Daytrip Nusa Penida
Tembeling Beach – Nusa Islands day trip
PEGUYANGAN BLUE STAIRS & WATERFALL
Last but not least on your DIY Nusa Penida trip, the ultimate adventure awaits at Peguyangan Waterfall and the Instafamous Blue Stairs.
At the jump-off point for Peguyanngan Waterfall, you will have to pay a small parking fee of 5,000 IDR.
There are 750 blue stairs that are impressively constructed into the side of the cliff giving access to Peguyangan Waterfall.
There are several viewpoints that make for great photo opportunities as you make your way down to Peguyangan Waterfall.
After a 20-minute hike down the blue stairs, you’ll arrive at the sacred water temple that has four waterspouts.
The waterfall itself is not your common 50-meter meter waterfall, like those you will find in Bali, but rather a waterspout between a crack in a rock where crystal clear water flows out into tiered rock pools and over the cliff edge into the ocean.
Full Blog Post → Peguyangan Blue Stairs & Waterfall
NUSA PENIDA ISLAND – FAQ’S
Here are some quick answers to the most frequently asked questions from first-time visitors.
HOW TO GET TO NUSA PENIDA?
BALI TO NUSA PENIDA:
Fast Boats operate daily to Nusa Penida from Sanur Harbor in South East Bali. You can book the fast boat online in advance to guarantee the lowest price.
The fast boat ticket to the Nusa Penida also includes a hotel pick-up from your accommodation in Bali and a drop-off directly to the pier at Sanur Beach Port.
The boat trip takes approximately 45 minutes from Bali to Nusa Penida Island.
NUSA LEMBONGAN TO NUSA PENIDA:
You can also take a boat to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan if you happen to be exploring this island first.
A boat from Nusa Lembongan to Nusa Penida will cost you around 50,000 IDR.
You can organize the boat via your accommodation on Nusa Lembongan or simply head to the main beach port on Lembongan Island and ask one of the boat companies located down on the beachfront.
Alternatively, you can book a Nusa Penida day trip from Nusa Lembongan, and I’ll tell you more in the following sections.
HOW TO GET AROUND NUSA PENIDA?
Nusa Penida is quite a large island and it can take up to one hour to get from one side of the island to the other.
The best mode of transport to visit all the tourist spots in Nusa Penida is by scooter.
When you arrive at Toya Pakeh harbor in Nusa Penida there are a number of scooter rental shops on the beachfront that will be able to sort you out with some wheels.
I paid 70,000 IDR per day for a scooter rental that came with a full tank of gas so you can expect to pay something around this price.
Be sure to get a helmet as an extra precaution for riding on the roads in Nusa Penida as they are not very well maintained.
Related Article → Nusa Islands Guide
CAN YOU TAKE A NUSA PENIDA DAY TRIP FROM ULUWATU?
The ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida departs from Sanur Port, which is in Denpasar, and you’ll have to take a taxi to get there.
However, when joining a day trip to Nusa Penida, transportation is included and you can let the guide know where your hotel is, and they will pick you up, which is so convenient.
This is the best option when it comes to taking a Uluwatu to Nusa Penida day trip.
The same applies for Nusa Dua to Nusa Penida day trip.
COST OF A NUSA PENIDA DAY TRIP
The cost of a Nusa Penida 1 day trip from Bali depends on the option you go for – Let me clarify here below.
NUSA PENIDA DAY TRIP
The catch? These tours start in Nusa Penida, so you’ll have to get there from Bali on your own and pay the ferry tickets.
NUSA PENIDA DAY TRIP FROM BALI
On the other hand, when booking an All-inclusive Nusa Penida day trip from Sanur, you can expect to pay around $100 per person.
While this is more expensive, it includes the ferry ticket from Bali and back, lunch, and the entrance fees to all attractions, making it much more worth it if you ask me!
Click here below to see this day trip to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan.
NUSA PENIDA DAY TRIP FROM LEMBONGAN
Nusa Penida day trips from Lembongan cost about $37 per person, including the transfers from Lembongan, snorkeling sessions, and a mangrove trip.
Note that, usually, Nusa Penida tours from Lembongan do not include any sightseeing but rather snorkeling only, so keep that in mind.
WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA?
Nusa Penida Island has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to the best places to stay suitable for budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend.
LUXURY: MAUA NUSA PENIDA
MAUA is one of the only luxury properties in Nusa Penida which is located on the cliffs near Gamat Bay and boasts stunning ocean views.
Features include a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, an outdoor terrace, free Wi-Fi, and breakfast is included for all guests.
Perfect for couples with a choice of staying in one of the suite villas or luxury villas.
MID RANGE: LA ROJA BUNGALOWS
La Roja Bungalows is the most Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida making it the perfect place to stay for couples or friends.
These cute wooden bungalows sleep up to 2 people and feature spacious rooms, a private bathroom, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.
There is also an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, and a restaurant with breakfast included for all guests.
BUDGET: NUANSA PENIDA HOSTEL
This is the most popular hostel on the island to accommodate solo backpackers and all other travelers on a budget.
Each bungalow-style dormitory has an ensuite bathroom, private balcony, sofas, personalized wardrobes, and free Wi-Fi.
Nuansa Penida Hostel also has a swimming pool, a restaurant, a mini-mart, and rental scooters available, which is convenient one a Nusa Penida 1 day itinerary.
For More Options, See My Complete Guide On Where To Stay In Nusa Penida
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